What Should We Do With Our Struggling Kindergartener?

If your child is struggling in kindergarten you need to first identify why. There can literally be thousands of reasons why your child is struggling and you as the parent are responsible for figuring out why. Some possible reasons your child is struggling could be that he isnt getting enough sleep, he is dyslexic, or he is not developmentally ready. Obviously, some of these problems require more work to correct than others, but once you know the problem it will be much easier to figure out the problem. Lets discuss a couple of solutions to these problems since they are common ones.

Not Enough Sleep
The average five year old needs between 10 and 12 hours of sleep each night. If your child is not getting this much sleep then he/she may be exhausted during the day and have problems paying attention. If this is the case then it is obvious that your child might struggle through kindergarten and have problems learning. Keep in mind that your childs bedtime should be early enough that your child can get in at least 10 or 12 hours of sleep before getting up and getting dressed for school. So, if your child starts school at 8 am and it takes an hour for your child to get up, get dressed, and get to school then your child should be in bed around 7:30 8 pm in order to get enough sleep. Once your child is rested you may see a marked improvement in his school performance.

If your child is dyslexic then you will need to take him to a doctor to have him diagnosed. Once a diagnosis is received then you will have a better idea of how to treat him. There are lots of different programs that are designed to help dyslexic children and your childs teacher may very well be good at working with dyslexia.

Some children are simply not developmentally ready for kindergarten. It would help for you to realize this before your child enters school but this is not always the case. So, if you believe your child is not developmentally ready simply give him some time and work with him at home. Write letters to one another, read books together, and try and create a love for reading and writing within your child. Dont push your child simply let him take his time and learn on his own schedule. It might mean he needs to repeat kindergarten the upcoming year, but if your child is not ready he simply is not ready. Just support your child and try to help make learning fun!